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Day Trip to Bath
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8am - 7pm





Come and join me on a day trip to the beautiful City of Bath!



Last year Bath had over 200 twinkling chalets spread out across the picturesque Georgian streets of Bath selling handmade and local Christmas gifts.


This year it will be bigger and better!





There are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sights, smells and festive ambience of Bath at Christmas. A packed calendar of family friendly events, top restaurants, beautiful architecture and the UK’s only natural thermal day spa, Thermae Bath Spa, ensured that you could enjoy more than a market.





https://bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/

Pick up and drop off will be from The Forum, University of Hertfordshire where there is free parking for the day.

Cost is only for transport there and back. 

Wild Woman - Autumn Retreat Day
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9:30am - 5:30pm


Our Mission: To gather in celebration of one each other, to share in the feast of pursuing freedom, discovering adventure and living wild & liberated lives.
Join us in a few weeks as we share in our first gathering. We’ll sip good coffee, worship and hear from incredible speakers in pursuit of lasting freedom from the tiresome cycle of anxiety. We’ll eat together, pray for one another and leave with open hands, full of healing and hope for what is ahead.
Price includes admission, lunch and refreshments through out the day.
Are Trams in Bath linked to Bristol, Chippenham and Radstock a solution to congestion, pollution and urban decline?
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9:30am - 5:30pm


Note this Program is provisional – for the latest version click here:  PROGRAM
Trams for Bath? Opened by Wera Hobhouse MP and Bath Trams.  Saturday afternoon, 24th November
Looking at the case for trams, where they could be deployed and the next steps.
Bath's MP Wera Hobhouse and Bath Trams will be opening a conference on the re-introduction of Trams for Bath as a solution to the traffic congestion and associated pollution issues in the city. Trams can be a stimulus to Bath's economy by facilitating movement into and within the city. This will benefit those who live and work here as well as the many visitors and shoppers who come to enjoy all this world heritage city has to offer.
In addition to a comprehensive network within Bath itself, tram or light rail connections to Chippenham, Radstock, Bristol and Bristol airport are also being considered as they all generate considerable traffic into Bath. 
 Experts from the transport sector will be giving their views, along with local leaders of the political parties. (note: none of the speakers necessarilly endorse Bath Trams position)
Website:  http://www.bathtrams.uk/    
Provisional programme: (this  is being developed. PROGRAMTimes and speakers are not finalised)
Friday evening
730 pm - informal get together / food / drink , White Hart Gastro Pub, Widcombe, near conference venue. Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA. 01225 338053.  They also do cheap and reasonable accommodation
Register for this evening  additional / separately https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=51378767276
Saturday - Formal conference.
1000 Opening Remarks - Wera Hobhouse MP
Tim Warren, Deputy Mayor for the West of England combined authority, Cllr for Mendip Ward, Leader of Bath & Northeast Somerset Council. Will give you an update on future plans with respect to possible tram lines and re-railing to Radstock.
Panel comprising leaders of the 4 main political council groups will all give a short presentation:

Robin Moss: Leader Labour Group, Cllr Westfield ward
Conservative Group: CllrMark Shelford, Cabinet Lead for Transport
Lib Dems: Dine Romero, Liberal Democrat Group, Leader, Southdown
Leader of Green Party  Group - Dominic Tristram
BIG group of Independents - none attending

Dave Andrews, Chair Bath Trams – Over view of proposed routes. Bath Trams objectives
Phillip Marshal - Senior Partner at Carter - Jonas ( provisional subject to change) will talk on the inpact of a good transport system on properties in the area
Bath Preservation Trust. (Speaker to be confirmed, may be by proxy due to illness) This organization has a focus on protecting Baths heritage and aesthetics and currently has no view on trams, but will give an over-view of what it belives the considerations which need to be addressed from their point of view. 
James Harkins.  Light Rail Transit Association. The Oslo Effect - how all rubber tyred vehicle produce minute particulate pollution similar to the pollution emitted from vehicle exhausts, which is in many respects worse than the larger particles from diesel engines, since these nano particles can penetrate the lungs and enter the blood stream . 
Roger Harrison Chair Tramlink Nottingham the successful Nottingham tram system 2007-2015  and President LRTA ( Light Rail Transit Association) 2015-2017E will be talking about the benefits of trams and  relate to his experience in Nottingham . He will cover the rationale for the Phase 2 Notts tram scheme, business case, why tram, financing, issues as well as some facts about build, delays, ops, demand and revenues and customer service that could be useful for Bath.
"Around 20 million people use the Nottingham tram each year. It was designed to operate in the most congested transport corridors and has held car congestion levels to pre-tram investment levels. Trams are very environmentally friendly and unlike rubber-tyred vehicles (the Oslo effect)  do not pollute the atmosphere. They also operate through poorer neighbourhoods and help the disadvantaged to get to their places of work (the Social Inclusion Case). They are fully integrated with the bus and cycle networks which means that the vast majority of residents in the Greater Nottingham area live within 800 m of either a bus or tram stop. The system operates at very high reliability levels (97%+) and the tickets are priced as more or less equivalent to bus tickets (and tickets can be used on either network). The tram network ticket revenues cover the operating and maintenance cost without subsidy. Average ticket prices are less than £2/journey if bought as season tickets. Car drivers do not have to pay for the maintenance cost of the roads other than via general taxation. Pollution levels are still higher than Euro standards and that could only be reduced dramatically by banning cars from using congested corridors. Tram - to - car parking on the P&R sites is free. Electric buses are already in use and there is a large cycle network (indeed we had to include cycle lanes alongside the tram lines during construction). You can also hire cycles at several main tramstops. "
Cllr Robert Aldridge, the leader of the Lib Dems in Edinburgh will talk about the Edinburgh tram, which despite a difficult start is now considered a great success and there is pressure for its extension
Richard Briggs, Mott MacDonald. Richard is the Mott MacDonald Deputy Practice Leader for Light Rapid Transit in the UK & Europe as well as representing UK Tram. He was  responsible for reintroducing low floor trams to the streets of Birmingham for the first time in over 60 years acting as Technical Advisor on the design of new extensions within the city centre, a major depot expansion and the procurement of new trams. He was also a key member of the Project Team introducing the UK’s first modern battery powered trams which are now in service in the West Midlands, which would give Bath a caternery free option. He is actively involved in UK Tram Working Group on the rail interface with cyclists (an issue that will be predominant in places with a large student population). Richard is now leading the creation of the South Wales Metro on behalf of Transport for Wales including the introduction of Tram Trains into the Cardiff Capital Region.  (Richard will be presenting by proxy)
John Hammond, Managing Director, Precast Advanced Track (PCAT) Ltd, will talk about their revolutionary track that is laid in the first few inches of the road, so does not require services to be moved. In addition it can be laid very quickly and causes minimum disruption to traffic as a result.  ( this is unlike conventional sleepered track which necessitates deep excavation and service diversion). PCAT can easily span Bath's cellars without detriment.
David Walmsley BSc, PhD, CMILT, MCIHT, UKTram; European Urban Tram Forum, formerly Fixed Track Executive at Confederation of Passenger Transport. Tram technical lead.  David will be covering some of the advantages of trams that don't get mentioned so much. Modern trams are an important part of public transport provision in countries all over Europe (especially France with 28 new systems); trams are accessible for people with disabilities; trams are very safe; trams are good for urban development and regeneration. There are tram systems in cities of similar or smaller size than Bath.
Robin Kerr, Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Federation of Bath Residents Associations. Bath’s Transport strategy  updated and flavoured with some discussion of trams possibly being part of the solution.
Dr Bob Chard M.Phil. (architecture) B.A. (technology) Dip.TP. Expert in consents and approvals procedures for major transport infrastructure projects; urban transit systems.  Over 40 yrs. consultancy, local government and academic experience. Formerly MRTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) and now a UK Tram member. Will speak on the subject of consents and approvals required for the construction and operation of new tram systems
James Hammett  Managing Director UKTram  www.uktram.com The UK Tram industry body.  Topic to be decided.
Lea Harrison Ops Manager for Edinburgh Trams
Beverley Nielsen, Chair, ULR Partners. 'Delivering light rail drawing on zero carbon solutions' Ultra Light Rail Partners is a light rail consultancy based in West Midlands that works with the operator of the Parry People Movers / Stourbridge Shuttle the only Light Rail operating as part of the rail franchised network in the UK. They work with Parry People Movers and Clayton Engineering as well as a range of W Mids supply chain companies. This intermediate rail mode has been running at Stourbridge for 9 years carrying 5m people.
Professor Lewis Lesley - BSc, AKC, PhD, CEng, FRSA, MICE, FCIT, MTPS). Professor Lesley has spent the bulk of his academic career studying how to get people to use buses rather than cars, and found nowhere has this been successful.  On the other hand he will give evidence of where trams systems have successfully drawn people out of their cars and in so doing reduced congestion and pollution. He is the developer of the privately funded Preston Tram.
Speaker TBC. How to raise funds for a tram system
Dr Nick Mallinson. MBA, Phd, CEng, MIET, MCIM.   Programme Manager, HVMC (High Value Manufacturing Catapult),  WMG centre  Will talk about how modern track systems can not only be inserted in the top few inches of the roadway, thus minimising  need to re-locate utilities, traffic disruption during installation, greatly reducing track installation costs.  Their group is having profitable discussions with the utility companies.  They are also developing a low cost battery powered tram, thus reducing overall tram installation costs dramatically, and will shortly be installing such a system in Coventry.
Tony Young MSc CEng FICE FCILT MIHT  After twenty three years with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, Tony Young became an independent transportation engineering consultant, specializing in light rail. He was involved in the very successful Manchester Metrolink from its inception in the early eighties to its completion and operation in 1992, leading the planning team that evaluated the options and progressed the chosen street running light rail system.  He has provided consultancy assistance on light rail proposals for a number of authorities in the UK (including Bath), Ireland, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Israel, USA and Canada. He is a Churchill Fellow and an Honorary Life Member of the Light Rail Transit Association. ( Tony's talk will be delivered by a colleague as he cannot now attend)
Tony's talk will explain that tram systems can be viable in smaller towns as well as in big cities based on a case study which compares York, UK to Freiborg in Germany. The two towns are very similar in size, socio-economic data, population, wealth etc . and both have large universities. The big difference is their transport strategies. As  you know Freibourg has the highest per capita use of trams of any city in the world and York has no trams.
His data compares all trips mode shares. Not only does Freibourg have a higher mode share for tram use it also has significantly higher mode shares from cycling and walking (because of bi-modal trips such as walk-tram walk and cycle-tram-walk). Also car use in Freiborg is impressively low even though car ownership is very similar to York; and there are no policies of aggressive anti car taxes or control of car use. It is argued then that in Bath we do not need any new penalties, fines, taxes, charges, controls, etc on motorists as they will voluntarily switch to trams but not buses.
Andrew Braddock –  the immediate past Chairman and a Vice-President of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA), and Chairman of the Promotions  Group of industry body UKTram, a member of the Bus & Coach Forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)Examples of trams success in reducing traffic, re-vitalizing cities, and examples of trammed cities smaller than Bath
David Rumney: A chartered engineer, and a (retired) member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Arbitrators. Involved in the planning of many UK successful tram systems such as the  Manchester Metro-link, Birmingham, ( but  not Edinburgh) and varying levels of involvement in Croydon, Liverpool and Nottingham, Leeds Supertram ( not built  – Alistair Darling cancelled the scheme along with that of Liverpool.) . Expert in the issue of underground utilities diversions ( full expertise listed below in Advisory Group)Engineering issues - steps in a successful project
Bath Trams approach - how Bath could own its own tram system
 Views from Bath Preservation Trust  ( Most Western cities expanded using steel railed horse, then electric trams, so they are arguably part of Bath's heritage, whereas traffic congestion, vehicle pollution, road widening, carparks, street furniture etc)  were only recently introduced after the war with the mass introduction of cars which are therefore arguably not part of Bath's heritage)
Remarks from Councillors representing the four local  political groups
Discussion around strengthening and broadening Bath Trams as a serious group intending to bring trams back to Bath.
1730 formal end - coffee and bar till will  continue informally  in an adjacent bar / restaurant, see below
Saturday evening
After conference -  informal get together / food / drink , probably  White Hart Gastro Pub, Widcombe, near conference venue. Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA. 01225 338053.  They also do cheap and reasonable accommodation Please register for this Sat Evening venue so we can book tables HERE
Notes on why trams are likely the only solution to congestion in Bath
 Note. All the hills in Bath are accessible to trams, and the routes indicated on the map have been surveyed and are more than wide enough to accommodate them.
A recent professional study prepared for the Council has indicated that at least 4 proposed routes were likely to be feasible with " no show stoppers" identified.
 There are many trams systems serving towns smaller than Bath, and France has recently re-installed 27 systems specifically to revitalize city centers and improve the environment within them.
 In Britain, all the recent new tram systems including Edinburgh, have proved wildly popular and have generated pressure for additional lines to be constructed. They have been shown to attract people from cars and thus to reduce congestion and pollution. Buses do not do this 
Bath Trams assume "on-street running" where trams and cars share precisely the same road space as is the case in many continental cities; i.e. no special dedicated tram routes are required. And Bath's streets are not too narrow or too steep for trams.
 Modern slab track systems can be installed progressively during night times without major disruption to day time traffic or utility services, and can be designed to span all Bath's beneath road cellars.  Some trams systems have used conventional sleepered track, causing installation delays partly due to the need to re-locate services and thereby caused considerable disruption. This will not be repeated in Bath if we use these modern slab tracks which only need to be set within the first 9 inches of the road where there are no services.
 Tram systems can be instrumental in initiating a high level of modal switch from cars which is not the case with buses. This is because car drivers generally do not find buses an acceptable alternative, whereas they will accept trams running to a frequent and regular timetable.
 This acceptability to car drivers means the case for trams can be forcefully promoted by local politicians and can gain widespread suppport from the general populace and shopkeepers who see the benefits from restricting cars in cities if a tram system is installed. This is not the case with buses.
The forthcoming transition to electric vehicles will only make a small reduction in deadly particulate pollution from from traditional engined cars, because substantial microscopic particulate atmospheric pollution comes not only from engine exhausts but also from a combination of road surface dust, tar and rubber tyre dust. In any case, electric vehicles will not help reduce congestion.
 The typical highways entering Bath can carry about 1000 cars per hour, buses could manage maybe 15,000 per hour and trams 40,000.
 With a tram system it is possible to control traffic lights citywide (Green Wave Traffic Light Pre-emption) so that trams can have precedence at all road junctions, and thus not be impeded by traffic because the road ahead will always be clear.  This system is generally not effective with buses.
 If you wish to talk, please let me know.
 Commercial entities are welcome to sponsor and display their marketing materials.
 There will be further announcements regarding speakers, agenda and venue.
 Hope to see you at the conference.
Best Wishes
Dave Andrews M. Inst En C.Eng
Chair - Bath Trams
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Clean Air Plan Surgery Sessions, Saturday 24th November, 10 am to 2 pm
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10am - 2pm


We recognise that tackling air pollution in Bath is complicated and that there may be areas of Bath's Clean Air Plan that you would like to discuss in more detail. To help, we will be providing bookable 30 minute surgery sessions. You must have a booking to attend and we ask that no more than 3 people attend one session.
Questions and queries you wish to raise should be submitted using the Event Brite page in advance of your session so that we can organise the most appropriate members of our project team to be available to talk with you. 
We look forward to meeting you!
Tickets will be available until 6pm on Wednesday 21st November.
Spirituality in action
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2pm - 4pm


Our spiritual powers, the powers of the soul, engender peace of mind and a positive approach to life. In this workshop, we will explore what spiritual powers we have and how we can use them in our daily life
Facilitator is Rupdaye Chaitram. Rupdaye is an experienced meditator who has a passion for diving deep into the sub-conscious and releasing the good stuff that is latent in the self. She has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga with the Brahma Kumaris for 18 years, in the Caribbean, Canada and the UK. As well as being a busy professional in Social Care, Rupdaye coordinates activities in the Newport area



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Walking Meditation
Walking Meditation in Bath
3pm - 4pm


Hi all! Thanks for the huge interest. Here are the details of our first meetup.

We will start with an introductory hello, and a brief discussion of what walking meditation is and what you can expect from it. This will also be an opportunity to see what expectations you might have, so we all know where we are starting out from as a group.

Then we’ll take part in a short grounding meditation. This will be a body scan meditation, which has a great way of getting you ready for the main event.

After that, we’ll go through the basic practice for the week. In this first week, we will be using a Pranayama-style walking meditation, which involves walking while counting breaths. In later weeks, we will utilize other methods, such as mindfulness, Zen walking meditation, and general awareness.

Then comes the main event – walking! We’ll engage in just 20 minutes or so of this quiet walking meditation, as it is only the first meetup.

Afterwards we can discuss the meditation, what matched up with expectations and what was surprising.

A few things to note:

Firstly, please make sure you wear footwear that you are happy walking in. It sounds obvious, but it’s important that you’re comfortable. It will be an easy walk, on grass and pathways, so just whatever you would normally wear for that. Also ensure you are warm enough, as we won’t be walking fast enough to really warm the body – and feeling cold might be something of a distraction!

Please bring a bottle of water with you as well.

I am hopeful that this will be a gentle and easygoing introduction to walking meditation. If you have never done walking meditation, you should find this to be a good insight into it. If you have never meditated at all, any more than twenty minutes would likely be too long. It’s going to be fairly informal, so please feel free to pop along and to bring anyone with you who might want to come.

Thank you, and please do get in touch with any questions you might have.
2008 Leavers reunion
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4:30pm - 10:30pm



A reunion for those who left in 2008 will take place on Saturday 24th November at Monkton. The program for the day is as follows: Arrival and tea: 4.30pmPre-dinner drinks 6.30pmDinner 7.00pm
Please note bookings will close one week before the event
Wreath Making Workshop with Lucy Coco
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6:30pm - 8:30pm


I am holding a Wreath Making Workshop in Bath at the beautiful Cascara .
At the workshop we will make a moss based wreath, layered with beautiful fresh and dried foliage and rustic natural decorations.The workshop will be very relaxed, a perfect cosy creative gathering to get you in the festive spirit. 
Tickets include all materials plus a festive mince pie and mulled beverage.
Soul Shakers - It Takes Two!
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8pm - 11pm


Soul Shakers are back in Bath this autum with a fantastic evening of classic and contemporary funk and soul duets. Featuring some of the South West's best soul, jazz, funk and rock musicians - the lineup includes Ruth Hammond on keys, Jerry Crozier-Cole on guitar, Eddie John on drums, Steve Hall on bass, with vocalists James Lambeth and Emma Hutchinson fronting the band. Expect music from Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Lianne La Havas and Gregory Porter. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of fabulous soul! Not to be missed. Doors at 20:00, show starts at 20:30. The first set will be more relaxed to ease you into the evening. The second set will feature songs that will make you want to get up and dance and dance and dance. We hope you enjoy hearing these classics as much as we love playing them!

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Pencil To Paint: Sep - Dec 2018
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26th September - 5th December


“I think that painting today is pure intuition and luck.”
Francis Bacon on Matthew Smith (1909-1992)
For most of us, our relationship with art begins with a line. We take a pencil or a crayon and delineate our idea. In our enthusiasm, we may even attempt to colour it in. In the experience of many, that attempt leads only to disappointment. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference?
This course explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to provide a bridge between the two disciplines. Beginning with simple pencil studies, we will then develop our work in both charcoal and ink, gaining confidence in our abilities, before embarking on five weeks of painting in bold colour.
This course is open to all-comers and is ideal for beginners or those who wish to take their art in a new direction. 
The theme for this particular 10 week Pencil To Paint course will be 'still life' and we will look at how artists from Caravaggio to Cezanne used tonality, form and colour to compose their paintings.
Topics will include:
Mark-making
Line, measurement and proportion
Notān
Colour: theory and mixing
Tables and chairs and a roll of newsprint paper are provided. Please bring a drawing board, paper or pad and your preferred drawing media. Materials required for sessions using colour will be discussed nearer the time.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a small donation.
16:30 - 18:00
Wednesdays:  26 September; 03, 10, 17, 24 ,October; 07, 14, 21, 28 November; 05 December  - 10 x 1.5 hour sessions)
Pencil To Paint: Autumn 2018
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26th September - 5th December


“I think that painting today is pure intuition and luck.”
Francis Bacon on Matthew Smith (1909-1992)
For most of us, our relationship with art begins with a line. We take a pencil or a crayon and delineate our idea. In our enthusiasm, we may even attempt to colour it in. In the experience of many, that attempt leads only to disappointment. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference?
This course explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to provide a bridge between the two disciplines. Beginning with simple pencil studies, we will then develop our work in both charcoal and ink, gaining confidence in our abilities, before embarking on five weeks of painting in bold colour.
This course is open to all-comers and is ideal for beginners or those who wish to take their art in a new direction. 
The theme for this particular 10 week Pencil To Paint course will be 'still life' and we will look at how artists from Caravaggio to Cezanne used tonality, form and colour to compose their paintings.
Topics will include:
Mark-making
Line, measurement and proportion
Notān
Colour: theory and mixing
Tables and chairs and a roll of newsprint paper are provided. Please bring a drawing board, paper or pad and your preferred drawing media. Materials required for sessions using colour will be discussed nearer the time.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a small donation.
16:30 - 18:00
Wednesdays:  26 September; 03, 10, 17, 24 ,October; 07, 14, 21, 28 November; 05 December  - 10 x 1.5 hour sessions)